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Greenpeace Takes to Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on July 25, 2008

Eleven Greenpeace oil sands protesters arrested and issued trespassing tickets for attempt to block pipeline, then released.

The RCMP in Fort McMurray Alberta arrested 11 Greenpeace activists. The activists were charged for trespassing at the Syncrude Canada Ltd. Aurora oilsands site at around 12:30 p.m. MT Thursday.

Syncrude employees found the activists at the tailings pond, and called the RCMP.

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U.S. EPA says NO to Tar Sands Refinery

Posted by mhudema on June 12, 2008

U.S. EPA Rejects ConocoPhillips Refinery Expansion

CHICAGO, Illinois, June 10, 2008 (ENS) – In a case that could affect oil refineries around the country, plans by ConocoPhillips to expand its refinery in Roxana, Illinois were sidelined on Friday when an appeal board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency upheld a challenge to the air permit required for the project.
The decision sends ConocoPhillips and the Illinois EPA, which had granted the permits for the Wood River refinery expansion, back to the drawing board.

The legal challenge mounted by environmental groups in August 2007 argued that harmful air pollution from the refinery’s flares, which relieve pressure in the refining process, was not being sufficiently controlled.

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500 Bird Deaths Tip of the Ice Berg

Posted by mhudema on May 2, 2008

Groups warn of more bird deaths in oilsands ponds TheStar.com – Canada – Groups warn of more bird deaths in oilsands ponds

May 02, 2008

THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON–The 500 ducks that died this week in a toxic wastewater pond represent only a fraction of the number of birds that die every year in Alberta’s oilsands region, experts say.

And they warn the number of bird deaths will jump dramatically as more heavy oil plants are built unless governments bring in tougher environmental rules, including how to deal with billions of litres of poisonous sludge the plants produce.

“The tailings ponds are old technology. They have to come up with a better tailings system,” said Ruth Kleinbub, a director of the Federation of Alberta Naturalists who lives in Fort McMurray.

“Don’t start building these plants until they have something better in place.”

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